Chris Rock, Jay Z Turn Out for Obama's 50th

They joined a roster of celebs who indulged in BBQ and cake at the President's birthday bash.

Posted: 08/05/2011 07:30 PM EDT
Filed Under Barack Obama

The Obamas sure know how to party. To celebrate the President's 50th birthday, the first couple called their famous friends to the White House for some high-end barbecue and entertainment by Jennifer Hudson, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder.

Comedian Chris Rock and all-around-baller Jay Z were among the guests, along with former basketball pros Charles Barkley and Grant Hill, Oprah's BFF Gayle King and Tom Hanks. Notably absent? Beyonce, who was caught up in a New Jersey trailer park shooting a music video, and Oprah herself.

Festivities began with a barbecue in the Rose Garden, followed by a cake presented by Michelle Obama and the first daughters, and then everyone moved inside for music and dancing. Chris Rock kept his Twitter followers up-to-speed by dutifully reporting all the details of the event: "Just left the Presidents birthday party at the White House," the comedian and actor said on Twitter. "Herbie Hancock played, Stevie Wonder sang and yes they did the electric slide. A great night."

We're guessing not too many Republicans were invited to the party, and Fox News bitterly reported that Obama's Hip-Hop BBQ didn't create any jobs. Now that's just not true…pettily trashing the President has kept that network afloat for years.

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